Castello di Fonterutoli


Toscana IGT

"One of the 50 wines that changed Italy wine style" (Gambero Rosso)

Created from a blend of Sangiovese and Merlot grapes harvested in the Siepi vineyard, situated at an altitude of 260 m. (853 ft.) and benefitting from exceptional climatic and soil conditions. A highly concentrated wine with sweet and dense tannins, it displays a unique and original character that is appreciated by wine lovers throughout the world.

Winery location: Loc. Fonterutoli - Comune di Castellina in Chianti (Si)
Grape varieties: 50% Sangiovese, 50% Merlot
Alcohol: 13.50 %
Total acidity: 5.70 grams/liter Sangiovese 5.40 grams/liter Merlot
Location of vineyard: Siepi: 260 m. (853 ft), south - southwestern exposure
Training system: Guyot
Nr. of vines per hectare: 3.600 - 6.000
Harvest: Hand-picked from October 1 (Sangiovese) and from September 14 (Merlot)
Fermentation temperature: 30° C
Period of maceration: 18 days (Sangiovese) 16 days (Merlot)
Aging: Sangiovese: 15 months in 228 liter French oak barrels Merlot: 16 months in 228 liter French oak barrels
Production: 32.000 bottles
Formats: 750 ml. - 1.5 l. - 3 l.


Gold Medal - "International Wine Challenge 1999" (Uk)
93/100 - "The Wine Advocate" (Usa)
90/100 "Wine Spectator" (Usa)
89/100 - "Enogea"
88/100 - "I Vini di Veronelli 2001"
5 stelle - "Restaurant Wine" (Usa)
4 stelle - "Vinum" (Ch)
3 Bicchieri - Guida del Gambero Rosso "Vini d´Italia 1999"

Technical sheet


A rather dry and not particularly cold winter was followed by a rather hot spring, with some brief periods of rainfall marked by lower temperatures. The summer was very dry, with high temperatures in June and above average temperatures in July and August. September was characterized by frequent rainfalls and below average temperatures, but the sun returned at the end of September, leading to good grape ripening and positive results in terms of concentration and color indexes, though with a total acidity slightly lower than usual.
Evaluation: Good